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  • LAYL class of 2011

    The Los Alamos Youth Leadership program’s class of 2011 celebrated the completion of the program with a graduation ceremony Sunday at Central Avenue Grill. The program teaches teens networking and leadership skills and is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

  • Overlook Park access plan hits roadblock

    A county plan to build a $25,000 emergency access road through wilderness land leading into Overlook Park hit a roadblock at an informational meeting for White Rock residents Monday evening.

    About a dozen residents turned out to voice opposition to the plan as fire department and county officials explained the vision and purpose for the 12-foot wide “all weather” road that would be built using asphalt recycled from the Diamond Drive construction project currently underway in Los Alamos.

  • Colorado racer wins big in skateboard event

    Zak Maytum of Boulder, Colo., was the big winner at the Atomic Bomb skateboard competition held this past weekend on Camp May Road.

    Maytum won the Pagan TimesShip Southwest Series, the Atomic Bomb and had the fastest qualifying time.

    “It went amazing,” said Joe Lehm, the owner of TimeShip Racing of Santa Fe. “The city and county of Los Alamos were all very welcoming.

    Lehm said there were 80 registrants and they all navigated the 1.1-mile course, reaching speeds of 50 mph. The course was lined with 700 straw bales and the Pajarito Mountain ski patrol and Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments provided support.

    Here are results.

  • Man dies from injuries suffered in Central Avenue accident

    Saturday as competitors raced down Camp May Road in the Atomic Bomb skateboard competition, across town Los Alamos firefighters and police rushed to the scene of a serious accident involving a skateboarder.

    Graham Bultemeier, 21, died from injuries suffered in a skateboard accident on Central Avenue Saturday afternoon.

    Bultemeier, of Socorro, was skateboarding at Rose Street and Central Avenue, when he lost control of his skateboard and hit the pavement, according to Fire Marshal Mike Thompson. Bultemeier was not wearing a helmet and suffered trauma to the head.

  • Trump says no to presidential run

    NEW YORK (AP) — After months of flirting with politics, Donald Trump said Monday he won't run for president, choosing to stick with hosting "The Celebrity Apprentice" over a bid for the Republican nomination.

    The reality TV star and real estate mogul made his announcement at a Manhattan hotel as NBC, which airs his show, rolled out its fall lineup.

    "I will not be running for president as much as I'd like to," Trump said.

  • Endeavour soars on 2nd-to-last space shuttle trip--video extra

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour is finally on its way.

    Endeavour blasted off on the next-to-last shuttle flight Monday morning under the command of Mark Kelly, the husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The wounded congresswoman watched the launch in private from Kennedy Space Center.

    As many as 45,000 guests jammed NASA's launch site. The crowd outside the gates was estimated to be in the tens of thousands, if not more.

    It was the second launch attempt. Late last month, an electrical problem halted the countdown.

  • Cohen awarded scholarship

    Keanna Cohen was one of seven Northern New Mexico high school seniors who were recipients of the Domenici scholarship last week in Española. Retired Senator Pete Domenici honored the seniors at a LANL Foundation luncheon. Each recipient received a  a $2,500-per-year, four-year scholarship.

  • Lectures set for this week

    The upcoming Rosenfest Lectures on May 18-20 hold something for everyone.
    A series of lectures in honor of Louis Rosen, founder of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), will highlight the past and future for LANL’s signature science facility.
    In addition, statues of Manhattan Project leaders J. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves will be unveiled by Los Alamos County officials at historic Fuller Lodge at 4:45 p.m. Thursday.
    A diverse suite of lecture topics and speakers will be presented throughout the day on May 19 and during the morning of May 20.
    Scheduled speakers include:

  • La. readies to open spillway, flood Cajun

    MORGANZA, La. — Engineers prepared Saturday to slowly open emergency floodgates for the first time in nearly four decades, purposefully inundating farmlands and homes in Louisiana’s Cajun country to drain the swelling Mississippi River.
    Across the countryside, people fled to higher ground, shored up levees that held the last time the Morganza spillway was opened and built new walls of sand and dirt to hold back the flood they have known was coming for weeks. Sheriffs and National Guardsmen were warning people in a door-to-door sweep, and shelters were ready to accept up to 4,800 evacuees.

  • Sources: Porn stash found at bin Laden compound

    WASHINGTON — A sizeable stash of pornography was among the items seized when U.S. Navy SEALs raided the Pakistani hideout of Osama bin Laden, almost two weeks ago, U.S. officials say.
    The officials said it was unclear who the material belonged to, and there was no way to know whether bin Laden had viewed it.
    Bin Laden’s son and two other adult male couriers lived at the compound, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence.
    The pornography was among the computer materials confiscated in the raid after the SEALs killed bin Laden, ending an almost 10-year manhunt for the terrorist behind the 9/11 terror attacks.